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2017 Gravel Road Chardonnay

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2017 Gravel Road Chardonnay
2017 Gravel Road Chardonnay

ABOUT GRAVEL ROAD CHARDONNAY

This 2016 Chardonnay is a blend of the three best Chardonnay vineyards in the Willamette Valley: Wits’ End, Knudsen, and Marsh Estate Vineyards. Located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, Wits’ End is the Soles’ estate vineyard. Four acres of Chardonnay were planted here in 2013. As a result of Rollin’s 30+ years in the industry, ROCO has access to premium fruit from Marsh Estate and Knudsen Vineyards. Rollin crafts wines that balance minerality and rich power.

 

2017 VINTAGE NOTES

2017 vintage was completely different from the previous three years when vintners harvested their grapes earlier than normal. The wet, cool spring delayed flowering until late June, setting the stage for a later harvest. Hot, dry conditions prevailed through the summer and fruit set was higher than average requiring thinning to ensure incredible wines. There is a fresh fruit component and complexity that emerges to the forefront in the wines.

 

WINEMAKING PROCESS

ROCO Chardonnay is handpicked and then chilled overnight to 38˚ F in a large cold room. The chilled, whole cluster bunches are pressed, and the juice is sent to tank. After settling in the tank, the juice is racked to French oak barrels where it completes fermentation. After the primary fermentation, the young wine goes through malolactic fermentation to soften acidity and add further complexity. The finished wine ages on its’ original yeast lees until bottling in July.

 

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WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES

"The 2017 vintage was perfect for Chardonnay.

The aromatics are especially lovely, with pear, citrus/quince, with roasted hazelnut, vanilla, and celery stalk savory notes. The palate may be the finest balanced Chardonnay we’ve made at ROCO. Look for passion fruit and floral notes of honeysuckle and pear blossoms framed by lovely chestnut and vanilla bean spice. The fulcrum of ripe fruit to fine citrus acidity is delightful with a finish that is long and full of joy." - Rollin Soles, Winemaker 

Varietal100% Chardonnay
AppellationWillamette Valley AVA
VineyardGran Moraine, Knudsen, Marsh Estate Vineyards
Aging8% New French, 10 Months
Alcohol14.00%
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced700 cases

 

90 WINE ENTHUSIAST 

“This is a tart andtasty effort, matching pear and white peach fruit to brisk acidity. There is a touch of unsalted butter, suggesting at least partial malolactic fermentation, and it leads into a pleasantly creamy finish.” – P.G., 10/01/2018

 

93 JAMES SUCKLING

“This offers a smoothly ripe and gently creamy array of fresh peach and white-nectarine aromas and flavors with a wealth of upbeat purity on the palate. Citrus edge on the finish. Handy balance here. Drink now.” – J.S., 11/20/2018

 

91 INTERNATIONAL WINE REPORT

“The 2016 'Gravel Road' Chardonnay is sourced from a host of Willamette Valley vineyards including Gran Moraine, Knudsen and Marsh Estate. The nose offers aromatics of orchard fruit, butterscotch with toasty Challah bread and ripe banana. The palate is nicely textured, with white peach, roasted pineapple, Meyer lemon and macadamia nut cream flavors persisting through the long finish.” – O.B., 06/2018

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